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Thanks for posting, Stephen! Are you using some kind of automatic duplex printer that turns the paper over for you? If so, you'll need to set the orientation to landscape. I'm not sure how to do this, as I turn the pages manually when printing.

Damian Walker - 10:08, 05/08/2017 - Ludus Duodecim Scriptorum

I have been reading Petronius and it seems this is the game referred to in chapter 33. TYour leaflet is lovely but the inside comes out upside down in relation to the outside!

Stephen Barber - 12:47, 31/07/2017 - Ludus Duodecim Scriptorum

Interesting question, Ashwin. They're virtually the same game. I think the similarities are coincidental, as I don't think there was contact between Maori cultures and mainland Asia at the time the games were developed. Given the simplicity of the games it's not beyond the realms of possibility that they developed separately.

Damian Walker - 14:18, 25/05/2017 - Horseshoe

As a card-player, I've always liked three-player games. Two board games designed specifically for three are my Shoulder to Shoulder (1975) and Bruce Whitehill's Talat (2008). Links:

David Parlett - 13:08, 23/05/2017 - Traditional Board Games for Three

Why don't you add pallanguzhi, an Indian game in the mancala family? Very good and useful site!

Ashwin M Iyer - 12:35, 22/05/2017 - A Time for Play

Does this have any connection with the game of the Maori game Mu Torere? Rules are very similar!

Ashwin M Iyer - 07:55, 22/05/2017 - Horseshoe

Does this have any connection with Mu Torere? Both are very similar!

Ashwin M Iyer - 17:44, 21/05/2017 - Horseshoe

You get a reconstruction of this game at

Ashwin M Iyer - 17:42, 21/05/2017 - Liubo

Is there any relation between this game and mu torere? Rules are so similar! 

Ashwin M Iyer - 17:35, 21/05/2017 - Horseshoe

Hello Janneke! Sadly I don't speak Dutch, so I'm unable to provide a translation. The best I can suggest is Google Translate, though that's far from perfect.

Damian Walker - 14:42, 26/04/2017 - Ludus Latrunculorum

Thanks for your query, David. I decided when I built this site to list games no more recent than 1900, as there are simply too many games (proprietary and otherwise) published since then. Hex is a good game, but it was published in the 1960s.

Damian Walker - 14:40, 26/04/2017 - Building Games

Sorry for the late reply, Kevin! It may be to late for your class, as I've just found your comment buried under spam.

The page has been built up and amended over the years, but I think the last edit was in 2014. Unlike in my books I haven't kept a meticulous record of where everything came from, but I think most of the information was updated when I published this:

Walker, D. G. A Book of Historic Board Games. Hull: Cyningstan, 2014.

Damian Walker - 14:36, 26/04/2017 - Nine Men's Morris